Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

An NP Care Model designed and implemented by AANP member Dr. Judith Kutzleb drastically lowered heart failure readmissions at a medical center in New Jersey.  The patient-centered, collaborative-care model was recently detailed in a study published by Nursing Economics, and findings indicated that “over a 12-month period, 30-day readmission rates dropped to 8% from 26%.” As a result of this success, the use of APNs is being expanded inside and outside the medical center. Read more.

“A team-based care model embraced by practices, payers, hospitals, and health care providers can lead to improved outcomes in support of achieving the Triple Aim while still decreasing costs, according to a new task force report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).”  AANP Immediate Past President Dr. Ken Miller and AANP Fellow Wendy Wright were members of the task force that produced the report. According to ACOG’s press release, “The peer-reviewed report, ‘Collaboration in Practice: Implementing Team-Based Care,’ has been endorsed by approximately 20 organizations representing a wide variety of medical specialties and professions.”

AANP member Erin Bond serves as nurse navigator at a new cancer clinic that uses a coordinated, team-based approach to patient-centered care.  In an article about the practice, Bond said, “Often when a patient is newly diagnosed with cancer they have to go back and forth to various providers … with these clinics, we are looking to minimize the time it takes for a patient to see different providers. In doing that, we hope to decrease the patient’s anxiety and increase their overall quality of life.”

Last weekend, the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) held a Winter Meeting in Tampa, FL.  Highlights from the meeting were published on Storify. FAANP impacts national and global health by engaging recognized NP leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education and policy. From invitational think tanks to the FAANP Mentorship Program, this group is dedicated to advancing the NP role. Thanks to all who attended! ‪#‎NPsLead‬ ‪#‎FAANP16

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